The government has been criticised by the UKs hum

The government has been criticised by the UKs hum

first_imgThe government has been criticised by the UK’s human rights watchdog over its record on protecting the rights of disabled people, for the second time in just 12 days.Last week, Disability News Service revealed how the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had been snubbed by the minister for disabled people after raising serious concerns about her government’s response to a report that found it guilty of “grave or systematic” violations of the UN disability convention.Now EHRC has submitted a report to the UN on the UK’s progress towards meeting its international human rights obligations across that and other conventions.EHRC said its report – submitted in advance of the UK government being questioned about its progress by the UN Human Rights Council in May, as part of a five-yearly examination process – provided a “worrying assessment” of human rights protections across Britain.The report says the government’s social security reforms have had a “particularly disproportionate, cumulative impact” on disabled people’s rights to independent living and an adequate standard of living.The report also highlights how access to civil justice has “deteriorated significantly” since the UK’s last “universal periodic review” by the UN Human Rights Council in 2012.David Isaac (pictured), EHRC’s chair, says in the report that disabled people have been hit by “a perfect storm of changes” to their social security entitlements, which the UN has found to be “in breach of their rights to an independent and adequate standard of living”.EHRC also calls in the report – as it has on several previous occasions – for the UK government to assess the cumulative impact of such reforms when taking future spending decisions, so that life for disabled people “is not made even harder”.Isaac said that, as a result of legal aid cuts in England and Wales – through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) – and higher employment tribunal fees, there was evidence that disabled people and others were being “priced out of justice”.Since the new tribunal fees were introduced, disability discrimination cases had fallen by 59 per cent, he said.The report calls on the UK government to commission independent research on the equality and human rights impacts of LASPO on disabled people, ethnic minorities, children and women, and to “mitigate adverse impacts” from higher employment tribunal fees.Among other recommendations, the report calls on the UK government, and the Scottish and Welsh devolved governments, to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – and the other six “core” human rights conventions the UK has ratified – into domestic law.It also calls on the UK government to provide regular estimates of the gaps in hourly pay for disabled workers when compared with non-disabled workers.And it calls on the UK and devolved governments to address the “educational attainment gaps” experienced by children with special educational needs.EHRC commissioner Lorna McGregor said: “These are uncertain times and we find ourselves at a crossroads, with decisions taken now deciding if we will still be seen as a global leader in human rights in decades to come.“This report shows a worrying lack of progress, with society’s most vulnerable and marginalised in danger of being left behind. “Our report is solutions-focused and we have made 30 recommendations that we hope the UN will accept and all governments in the UK will act on.”last_img read more

Distillations The Brew Coop is the bar Philip K Dick warned you

Distillations The Brew Coop is the bar Philip K Dick warned you

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address The sign outside The Brew Coop says, “Self-Serving Individuals Here,” with an arrow pointing within. It’s the kind of joke that makes you wonder if the person telling it really gets it. Because yes, the Brew Coop is a self-serve beer bar, where beers are dispensed by machines.  But even at its most generous interpretation, to understand the pun is to admit the possibility that “yeah, our customers are dicks.”Back when people still thought tech was making everything better, there were a lot of articles about how technology would change nightlife – what would the cutting edge “bar of the future” be? How would tech change the experience? The Brew Coop is a step in exactly the direction most trendspotters predicted: “San Francisco’s first dedicated self-pour taproom” replaces as much human interaction as possible with machines. It is the bar equivalent of using an app to order food so that you don’t have to talk to someone on the phone.With more screens per square inch than any bar I’ve seen, the atmosphere in The Brew Coop at 819 Valencia St. near 19th feels like a tiny food court within ESPN’s control room. There are seven TVs on two walls, all turned to sports, and three menu screens on a third wall, above the self-serve beer taps, which feature 20-odd small screens telling you what each tap provides. There is no bar; you go to the cash register and give them your credit card in exchange for a key card that accesses the taps and keeps track of how much you pour, charging you by the ounce. If you want food, you order it at the same cash register and are given a restaurant pager. When it goes off, you walk around the corner to a window to the kitchen, where a staff member, who does not make eye contact, hands you your tray. You get your own condiments from a station and find a seat. Without a bar, it’s almost all small communal-style picnic tables. But, clearly, someone digs this. The room was kinda full, and the crowd was far more diverse than at most Valencia Street bars. And the beer itself is fine: They had 22 beers on tap while I was there (six of which were IPAs, and therefore objectively awful, despite how popular they are). I started with a La Terrible Belgian Quad, by Unibroue, which was lovely, and moved on to a Faction milk imperial stout, which was odd but tasty. The pouring mechanism — put the card in the slot and monitor your spending in real-time like at a gas station — works fine. But I’m not sure what problem it solves. The idea is that you can get as much or as little beer as you want. But I’ve never once, in all my years of bar-hopping, gone to a bar where someone wouldn’t give me a small sample of a beer on tap if I asked. Or a half-order, if I didn’t want to drink much. All that seems to be happening here is that I’m paying for my sample.Nor is the user experience any better than, say, using your office Keurig machine to get coffee. Why would it be? I’ve met a lot of people who wished they could be bartenders, but never because they really wanted to work the taps. I’m not going to text a friend and say “Dude, I poured my own beer! You’ve got to try this!” The food is good, but unspectacular: I had the Coop Adobo wings, which had a slightly sweet and mildly sour thing going on, and would order them again. The coleslaw they came with, though, was bizarrely bland … as though someone had forgotten to add the ingredient with all the flavor. I finished while drinking a Summercest “Shakeout” gluten-free blonde ale, which … no. I should not have done that.center_img Having communal tables should, in theory, make it easy to connect to people, and I think that’s the intention – The Brew Coop has a small selection of card and board games (Uno and Jenga were the most popular) that imply an interest in casual socializing. Paradoxically, it has the opposite effect: Physical bars are designated places for people who are on their own to go and be social. Sitting down on a bar stool next to strangers is a casual act; nothing is implied and there’s no pressure. Sitting down at a small picnic table next to a group of strangers is a much heavier-handed “can I join you?” But even if they’ll have you, it’s too damn noisy to have much of a casual chat. The walls, where they’re not covered with screens, are bare, as are the floor and ceiling, and it’s a small room – so every conversation, along with the music, along with the sound from whichever TV they’ve turned the volume up on, echoes across the entire room. I love going to bars on my own, but I never should have come to The Brew Coop alone. I’ve never once told my friends, “Hey, we should go hang around a bunch of vending machines in a small noisy room!” But if I were to go hang around vending machines, I’d definitely want my friends there. via GIPHYUltimately, The Brew Coop is in the tradition of technologies that promised to make the world incrementally better but ended up ruining what people actually loved about the experience. I can see a scenario in which the self-serve tap technology could be used well in a bar – it could free up bartenders to focus on cocktails, it could keep long lines from forming, and if a serious beer bar like The Monk’s Kettle were to institute it for their selection, you’d probably have to pull me out of there on a stretcher, which I mean in a good way. But this is not that bar. This is a bar that, like so many tech solutions, is in search of a problem. It’s focused on beer delivery rather than the human experience. And yet if the margins are good, it’ll probably catch on. As I was finishing the wings, one of the servers went off shift, and was leaving with a friend. They were going to another bar. “Hey,” another staff member called to her. “Make sure he gets drunk!”Yeah, I’d go somewhere else for that, too. last_img read more

OUR longest standing sponsor Hattons Solicitors is

first_imgOUR longest standing sponsor Hattons Solicitors is sponsoring this Friday’s match with Hull KR – and they have an amazing competition to offer Saints fans.You can win a VIP evening at Haydock Park Racecourse on Friday August 9.This prize includes a fabulous three-course meal for four people in Harry’s Bistro for an evening of exciting racing and live music from singing sensation Rita Ora.The urban star, who had three number one singles last year and saw her debut album Ora top the charts too, will entertain crowds after an evening of top class racing.This prize, worth nearly £600, includes:Premier Enclosure Entrance BadgeLuxury Three Course MealRacecardRacing Paper ( one per table)Reserved table for the dayReserved Car Park PassClick here to find out full details and how to enterIt’s completely free to enter so why not enter today?You just need to sign up to Hattons Gold, which is free, and then you’ll be sent a welcome email, followed by another the next day which will include the link to enter the competition.If you have any questions about this competition email gold@hattonslaw.comlast_img read more

A REAL good news story from our sponsors AStar Re

first_imgA REAL good news story from our sponsors A-Star Recruitment who went out to Tanzania recently – and in turn helped spread the Saints’ message.Tony Maguire takes up the story:“In 2012, my daughter Jade went to Tanzania on an organised trip designed to help the less fortunate. The party spent time at a particular school for under 6s and helped build some foundations for a toilet block.“While she was there she made some Tanzanian friends and kept in contact via Facebook.“In 2014, I decided to take my daughter out there again and one of her Tanzanian friends (Eric) agreed to be our guide.“While we were there, I saw the poverty and lack of resources these people had, mainly the children at school whose uniforms were ripped and whose shoes were just holding together. But they always had big smiles on their faces.“For lunch they were given a bowl of porridge and for some this was the only meal they would have that day.“However, these were the lucky ones who had a school place as there aren’t enough places for all the children and some parents couldn’t afford to send their kids (approx. £10 per year). These are only state schools and offer only a basic education.“In 2014, I committed to fund the building of a new classroom, sponsored some pupils to go to a private school for the next seven years and paid to allow one of the teachers to go to teacher training college. It may sound costly but it wasn’t.“This year we decided to go again to look at the new classroom and to see what additional help we could offer. A friend of mine, Cath Bebboun, decided to come with us and she asked people and businesses for donations. Saints donated some shirts to her and it was just a coincidence that she was going to Tanzania with me, a sponsor of the club, and my family.“She travelled to Tanzania with about 30 Saints shirts in all as well as various toys and games and many envelopes with small amounts of cash in them.“The cash was handed to individual families; mainly living in small mud huts with no electricity or gas and struggling to feed themselves with just a goat and a chicken for food/milk.“We took the Saints tops to a school, attended by some of the children of these families and the school decided who should have a shirt.“Providing the shirts created a frenzy in the playground, and for the lucky kids who received them. The delight in their faces was a pleasure to see. These kids where so grateful.“They all put their shirts on and I could see how proud they felt to be wearing them. “As these kids don’t get much in life, I think that day will live long in their memories and I think Saints shirts will be visible in Arusha, Tanzania for at least the next 10 years!”Tony’s pics are below.To sponsor a child click here.last_img read more

The highlights of the clash are one of the most po

The highlights of the clash are one of the most po

first_imgThe highlights of the clash are one of the most popular videos on our YouTube channel – but now the focus is squarely on the trip to Headingley Carnegie.“It was a fantastic finish to a game and at full time the atmosphere was electric … and so it should be with a finish like that,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said. “To win like that off the final play of the game doesn’t happen often. I don’t want to play it down, it was fantastic and a great finish.“I told the players to enjoy it as in years to come people will remember it. It was ‘never write off the Saints’ and that is something that is spoken about all the time here.“Of course, we don’t want to rely on a finish like that too often. While I thought we played ok in the first half, and could have been up 14-2 at the break, Salford dominated the second until the last seven or so minutes so we cannot afford to put ourselves in that position too many times.“It’s great to know no matter what is happening out there we can still be good enough to win.“Good players rise to the top when you need them. Regan Grace (pictured) scored a great try, Matty Smith kicked that field goal … and when you see how quick Louie (McCarthy-Scarsbrook) thought to throw theball on the siren … they are big moments in games. Good players get the job done and I was really happy for them.”He continued: “Leeds are having a good season. They sit third in the table and are in the Challenge Cup Semi Final. We will have to play well to beat them. Of course we know their threats, their second phase play is strong and we will have to defend well.“But it’s about our own game too. We have to keep improving with the ball. We are showing signs of it but we have to do it for longer periods.“We know we have a lot of work to do.”Justin also gave an update on Ben Barba who is in his second week at the club.“As soon as I can play Ben I will,” he continued. “He has done a lot of skill work with the players and it is great to have him here. He is setting a good example and it will good when we get him on the field.”Tickets remain on sale for Thursday’s game from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Members can take advantage of FREE coach travel too, whilst non Members can also enjoy coach travel for just £5.last_img read more

NC fire chief on way to accept award in Wilmington killed in

NC fire chief on way to accept award in Wilmington killed in

first_imgCrash near I-40 in Statesville claims life of Reynolds Fire Department chief (Photo: Nathan Sales) IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (WSOC/WLOS) — A crash near I-40 in Statesville has claimed the life of the Reynolds Fire Department chief.Troopers say Richard Sales died when his car went down an embankment and crashed off I-40 in Statesville Sunday morning around 9:30.- Advertisement – The fatal crash occurred on Wing Drive, a service road near the Old Mountain Road Exit, in the same area where a motorcyclist and the driver of a semi-trailer died in separate wrecks on March 31.Troopers said Sales was traveling on I-40 Eastbound when he hit barriers in the middle of the road, lost control of his vehicle and continued through the westbound lanes onto Wing Drive.Firefighters at the station say Chief Sales, the second chief in the station’s history, was heading out to a safety conference in Wilmington for the week and planned to accept an award on behalf of the station.Related Article: Two charged in Wilmington kidnapping, shootingHe stopped by the station around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. On Sunday night, the firefighting community is in mourning.Sales was the Reynolds fire chief for 10 years, and worked at the station for about 30 years, taking over from his father, Bud, back in 2008.Bud Sales was the first chief of the Reynolds Fire Department.And that’s a lot of why the members of this department are grieving, why the death has hit them so hard–because, they say, they’re like family.Chief Sales leaves behind a son and a daughter.The cause of the accident is still under investigation.The Reynolds Fire Department and Riceville Fire Department’s ambulance will return Chief Sales home Tuesday. The procession will begin at 2 p.m. from Baptist Hospital escorted by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department along I-40 to Anders Rice Funeral Home in Asheville.last_img read more

Registration open for Wilmington Regional Safety and Health School

Registration open for Wilmington Regional Safety and Health School

first_img The 68th annual school will be held on July 26 and 27 with a theme of “Educate to Mitigate Hazards”.There will be many different Health and Safety topics over the 2 days and participants can earn Continuing Credit hours.Keynote speakers include:John Formica, the “Ex-Disney Guy”John is a highly sought after internationally known speaker and author.  In this Keynote session, John with present, “Making Relationships Magical!”  You will learn how to communicate, connect, be more likable and memorable to others in 30 seconds of less.  You will learn to create relationships and build loyalty to life.  These skill are paramount to successfully give the knowledge to identify hazards and work together as a team to mitigate hazards.General Session: Jack Jackson- The Bad Side of TownRelated Article: Wilmington Boat Show to draw thousandsHave you ever noticed how being on the bad side of town heightens your awareness level? Whether you’ve had a bad experience, or by reputation alone, there’s an overwhelming urge for self-preservation. Can this awareness level be applied to recognizing your state of mind when a workplace injury occurs? Explore the signs that you are on the bad side of town at work when it comes to injuries and use the tools provided in this session to manage those states. Additional Topics to aid in Hazard Mitigation:Intro to Safety Management SystemsFall Protection Standard UpdateFall Protection for ToolsConfined Space RescueManaging Worker Injuries to the SpineSafegagmentElectrical SafetyPowered Industrial TrucksActive ShooterSilicaErgonomicsRegistration is $260 and includes 13 hours of quality safety education, a catered lunch on Thursday, a Thursday night Special Event and snacks/beverages during the school. For more information or to register, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In just two weeks you can get 13 hours of safety and health education at the annual Wilmington Regional Safety and Health School.The non-profit organization was established in 1950 and is committed to bringing important safety and health information to the public.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Heading to Wrightsville Parking could soon cost you more

Heading to Wrightsville Parking could soon cost you more

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (StarNews) — Hurricane Florence and dozens of other days with wet weather could have a lingering impact on beachgoers’ pocketbooks for years to come.A drop-off in revenue due to last year’s record-breaking wet weather — including Florence’s drenching — could prompt officials in Wrightsville Beach to increase the cost of public parking in the popular New Hanover County beach town.- Advertisement – Next Tuesday, Wrightsville Beach aldermen will debate raising the rate from $2.50 to $3 per hour at all on-street meters throughout the town and at all lots or just at the lots with bathrooms adjacent to Shell Island, next to Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier, next to Shell Island and on North Lumina Avenue. The town will also consider tweaking enforcement periods for some areas to the same March-to-October period used at beach lots.Revenue from parking fell 2.4 percent from 2017 to 2018, totaling $2.94 million. Wrightsville had projected about $3 million in parking revenue for 2018. The money collected by the town’s parking program is most frequently used in the town’s beach nourishment fund.Read more here.last_img read more

Caritas facility to receive funding for refurbishment

Caritas facility to receive funding for refurbishment

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> One of Caritas Malta’s facility’s is about to receive much needed funding for its refurbishment.The male quarters of the San Blas San Blas Therapeutic Community Centre in Zebbug, will be renovated thanks to funding from, ‘The Marigold Foundation – BOV in the Community’The project will by fully funded by the collaboration, to help to drastically improve the building and amenities at the Centre, which provides drug rehabilitation programmes to its residents. The building has housed the centre for the past 30 years.This will be the latest project which the collaboration has supported over the last five years.Commenting on the news, Caritas Director Anthony Gatt explained that, ‘The San Blas Therapeutic Centre offers a safe and secure environment 24 hours a day. Rehabilitation does not just restore the physical body but holistically helps the person to heal and grow psychologically, emotionally and socially. Mind body and spirit are all addressed. We firmly believe that the greatly improved facilities will have a positive impact on the psychology of residents and will be more conducive therapeutically. The refurbished premises will also allow for increasing capacity and making the premises fully accessible.’In addition to the funding, BOV’s CEO Mario Mallia explained that the project will also be supported by the ‘BOV Cards for Charity Campaign’, which also launched.Mallia explained that, ‘every time our customers use their CashlinkMALTA or Cashlink Visa cards at retail outlets, BOV shall be making a donation that goes towards this project, without any cost to themselves or the retail outlet.’WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more